• Debate of Old-New
  • The Nâzım Hikmet-Peyami Safa Polemics
  • Kemal Ahmet's Case
  • Against Leftist Pretenders
  • Against the Accusation that He was a Nationalist

    Against the Accusation That He Had Turned Bourgeois

    What ranked foremost among the aggravations from the left was the change that he had become a bourgeois. He was living in the flats in Cihangir and Nişantaşı, and he was writing innocuous articles under the pseudonym of Orhan Selim in capitalist-owned newspapers. Ergo he had become a bourgeois. The last lines of the poem entitled "Orhan Selim" in his "Portreler" (Portraits) were written in response to these accusations:

    and don't forget that
    if you get tired
    and fall down
    I'll be the first man
    to throw a stone at you!
    But today nobody can find a line of you
    showing that
    you betray me.